Science is a fascinating subject for many reasons. In the area of science, we get to explore, experiment, and discover things about our world, living things, and even ourselves. As students get older, they’ll learn more and more complex concepts in science and at higher levels they can even choose which of those topics to dive deeper into. In third grade science, students will be expected to use what they’ve learned in the previous grades and expand on that knowledge. This means learning new third grade science vocabulary, practicing science writing, and asking more questions.
When students are learning about science, they might feel a little overwhelmed at times. There is a lot of information and a lot of science vocabulary to learn. The wonderful thing about science is that it all fits together. If you’ve already learned about life cycles, it applies to many different species. Once you’ve learned about the water cycle, you will have a better understanding of what each of those components mean.
In third grade science, students will learn about scientific investigation. They’ll use various instruments to collect, organize, and analyze data. They’ll work cooperatively with their peers to come to conclusions and explain their reasoning. They’ll make predictions and inferences and will compare and contrast the information they collect while making observations. Students will also use tables, graphs, and reference materials.
Students will learn about the nature and properties of matter, and will use scientific measuring tools to identify physical properties. They’ll explore both physical and chemical changes and discuss the different states of matter- solids, liquids, and gases. They’ll also explore the topics of energy by identifying different forms of energy and sources of heat and their effects on the environment. In addition, they’ll discuss forces and motion by exploring different forces and how force causes change.
In third grade science, students will also study the earth, including plants and animals on our planet. This includes habitats, food chains, ecosystems, extinction, and protecting the environment. They’ll discuss how animals depend on plants to survive and how plants and animals react when their environments change. The curriculum might also extend to other parts of the solar system and how the rotation and revolution of the earth causes day, night, and the seasons. State curriculums will vary, but tend to include some forms of physical science, earth science, and life science.
Whether students are learning about science in school or at home, they’ll be asked to practice science writing. This includes things like taking notes based on observations, completing charts, tables, and graphs, and writing short answer responses. In regards to experiments, students will be asked to form a hypothesis, take notes, and write a conclusion. Practicing these skills will help students to become proficient as they advance in science.